SEPTIC SYSTEMS – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW (all the dirty details)

Septic systems are a big deal when buying a home, especially in rural areas without city sewage. Knowing how they work, what upkeep they need, and potential problems can make a difference in your decision.

What’s a Septic System?

A septic system is setup to treat household sewage on-site. A septic tank collects waste, separates solids, and lets liquid go to a drainfield for further treatment.

Keeping Up with Maintenance

Regularly pumping the septic tank every 3-5 years is key to avoid breakdowns and costly fixes. Avoid flushing non-biodegradable items or tons of chemicals down the drain to keep the system running smoothly.

Watch Out for Issues

When buying a home with a septic system, keep an eye out for:

  • Age: Older systems might need upgrades or replacing.
  • Drainfield Condition: Check for standing water or odors.
  • Maintenance Records: Look into past maintenance to see what has (or hasn’t) been done.
  • Soil Type: The soil affects how well the system works. A soil test can help determine if it’s a good fit.

Septic systems are essential for managing wastewater in areas without city sewage. Knowing how to care for them and being aware of potential issues can ensure your system lasts and works well for years to come.

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This WARDS LAWYERS PC publication is for general information only. It is not legal advice, nor is it intended to be. Specific or more information may be necessary before advice could be provided for your particular circumstances.

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